A Young Patriot’s Encouraging Words

Early one Fourth of July morning, my dad answered the phone to hear a cheery young caller shout, “Happy Fourth of July!”

“Happy Fourth of July to you, but I think you have the wrong number, ” Daddy replied.

“No, I don’t have the wrong number,” the youngster answered. She continued, “I just wanted to wish someone a happy Fourth of July.”

My dad loved children and was delighted by this surprise call. At our family Independence Day celebration the following year, he announced, “I wish my little Fourth of July friend would call this year.”

The words of a young child, who had randomly selected a telephone number, blessed my father. A patriot, World War II veteran, and educator, he appreciated her enthusiastic expression of joy and patriotism.

Sometimes, it’s easy to encourage other people by simply using our words.

Currently, discouraging words about our country pour into our homes as powerfully and consistently as lava flows from an active volcano. Violent reactions and disrespectful verbiage fill television screens. Some burn flags, some refuse to stand for the national anthem, and some issue rhetoric that reflects lack of pride for this great country.

Are we a perfect nation? Not by a long shot. Are there problems and woes? Yes, there are, as in all countries around the globe. Is there still work to be done to negotiate freedom and protection? Of course, there is, but will we refuse to honor the very land we call home because she has flaws?

Will we exchange patriotism for disdain? Will we refuse to uphold our nation’s underpinnings and to show pride when her flag flies high? Will we ignore the good because serious problems exist?

Americans have a Constitutional right to express their opinions. Can we not share our viewpoints without spewing hateful, derogatory words about people who disagree? Must we label groups negatively because we have opposing stances? Can we not stand up for what we believe and express our ideas without lowering patriotic standards and viciously attacking others?

As we celebrate Independence Day, what encouraging words can we share about the United States of America? How can we foster patriotism and respectful expression of opinion?

Speaking of words, will you join me in more fervently praying for our nation and her leaders?

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            –2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV

6 thoughts on “A Young Patriot’s Encouraging Words

  1. Your dad sounds like he was an amazing man! I look forward to reading more post about him and your sweet momma!!

    • Post Author Jeannie Waters

      My dad loved children and served as an advocate for them throughout his career. I’m glad you were able to know Mama and that she could know and love you.

  2. Thank you for sharing this wonderful blog! Isn’t it amazing that, with our words, we have the power to change someone. With that, let me say how wonderful it was to see you all last weekend. I remember so much love and support from your family during my childhood tough times. Thank you for being a such a humble and strong mentor. You will always hold a special place in my heart. Happy 4th of July to you and your family!

    • Post Author Jeannie Waters

      Leah, thank you for your kind comments. We love you and your family! What amazing ladies you and your daughter are!

  3. Paula McGlamery

    Thoroughly enjoy your well crafted story. Yes, I was encouraged just reading your blog as I sometimes feel all alone wanting to be positive in the face of the lava flow as you cleverly described the media.Good to know you and your parents are out there too!

    • Post Author Jeannie Waters

      It is helpful to connect with people who have positive views. We don’t have to agree with other people to be positive.

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